Author’s Purpose Three Teaching Activities

Author's Purpose Free Lesson Plan including Foldable Organizers

Author’s Purpose

Common Core Standards

Teaching students to write for a specific purpose is one of my favorite skills to teach. Students enjoy drawing sketches that illustrate different writing purposes. See Activity 1 below. And who doesn’t love eating doughnuts? See Activity 3.

Teaching students to write for a specific purpose is found in the Common Core State Writing Standards: Continue Reading

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Ten Interesting Facts . . . . Surviving in the Wilderness

Ten Interesting Facts . . .
Surviving the Wilderness

  1. Water Needed for Surviving in the Wilderness

    • Humans need eight cups of water each day.

    • When 1% of the total water weight of a person’s body is lost, the person will feel thirsty. Continue Reading

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Show, Don’t Tell

Said is Dead Poster

The Show, Don’t Tell method of writing is when the writer is able to create a picture in the reader’s mind. 

Details

One key element of this method is the use of details.

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10 Things to Remember When Writing a Narrative

Great blog post with printables to guide students through writing narratives.

Below I have included highlights from a PowerPoint Presentation on Narrative Writing, I presented to a group of 5th graders. The text reads as if giving instructions to students. Below the article are links to the PowerPoint and a printable handout for students to use in assessing their narrative writing.


Number 1 – Strong Beginning

Your story needs a strong beginning. You can achieve this using one of the following methods: Continue Reading

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Ten Interesting Facts . . . . Earth’s Sun

Sun Photo

Have you ever wondered exactly how big Earth’s sun is? Do you know how far away the sun is from Earth? Did you know the polarity of the sun reverses every 11 years? Learn ten interesting facts about Earth’s Sun in this article. 

1. Description

Our sun is 4.59 billion years old. It is a Yellow Dwarf with a diameter of 1,392,684 kilometers. The surface temperature is 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit (5500 degrees Celsius), and its core is around 27 million degrees Fahrenheit (13,600,000 degrees Celsius). Continue Reading

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Using Loaded Words in Persuasive Essay

Persuasive Essay Techniques

Before students can write a persuasive essay, they must understand different persuasive techniques. This series of blog posts teach four methods using commercials to make studying the skill interesting.

Introducing the Lesson

Writing persuasive essays can be both fun and challenging for students. I usually begin my persuasive essay unit with brainstorming ways people are persuaded. This almost always leads to advertising. I usually select half a dozen or so current commercials to show in class. These encourage students to think creatively. Students especially enjoy Super Bowl commercials.  Continue Reading

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Ten Interesting Facts . . . . The Great Depression

Dorothea Lange’s photo of Florence Thompson with several of her children has become a moving symbol of the Great Depression.

Have you ever wondered what caused the Great Depression? What was Black Tuesday? Learn the answers to these questions and other interesting facts with this article. Download the printable version for your students to read in class.

Black Tuesday

    1. On October 29, 1929, the stock market lost $14 billion. During the week of Black Tuesday, the stock market lost $30 billion. This would be equivalent to $377,587,032,770.41 today.

    Photos

    Dorothea Lange’s photo of Florence Thompson with several of her children has become a moving symbol of the Great Depression. Continue Reading

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